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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
Sunauli is not a place to linger. But it is an important border crossing/trade point, therefore the traffic and congestion. There are a few travel offices, currency exchange facilities on the Nepal side, and zero sights - unless you count long lines of Indian big-rigs.  
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Sunauli is not a place to linger. But it is an important border crossing/trade point, therefore the traffic and congestion. There are a few travel offices, currency exchange facilities on the Nepal side, and zero sights - unless you count long lines of Indian big-rigs. If you have Indian Currency and are going to Nepal, there's no need to worry about exchanging money to Nepali Currency. Shops/Hotels/Buses in Nepal easily accept Indian Currencies in denominations up to Rs 100.
  
Going from India to Nepal, Nepalese visas are available on arrival. Going from Nepal to India? Hope you have visa already as no visa's are available on arrival to India. And neither immigration offices are overly helpful.
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Going from India to Nepal, Nepalese visas are available on arrival. Going from Nepal to India? Hope you have visa already as no visas are available on arrival to India. And neither immigration office is overly helpful.
 
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ATTENTION: be aware that at the Indian side of the border there is quite a violent scam running. They make you buy traintickets and cough up ludicrious amounts of money under threat of physical violence. Do not buy any travelservices in Sunauli, and ignore all attempts to offer you these. Postpone buying onward tickets to Gorakhpur no matter what they say.
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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{{infobox|Attention!|Be aware that at the Indian side of the border there is quite a violent scam running. They make you buy traintickets and cough up ludicrious amounts of money under threat of physical violence. Do not buy any travelservices in Sunauli, and ignore all attempts to offer you these. Postpone buying onward tickets to Gorakhpur no matter what they say.}}
  
 
===By bus===  
 
===By bus===  
Indian "package" tour buses, mostly pilgrims to Lumbini and Kathmandu, do cross the border and continue on after immigration. The farang / backpacker "package" tour buses normally do not and you will sadly  and most likely be booked overnight in a cheap, not so nice hotel in Sunauli for your connection "connecting service " to Kathmandu. If you have only booked to the border you can cross (on foot)  and  find buses on either side up to 6PM - 7 PM. Intercity  buses depart on both sides usually twice a day - dusk and dawn. Delhi, Gorakpur, Sunauli, India/Belahiya, Nepal. 24 - 30 hours.
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Indian "package" tour buses, mostly pilgrims to Lumbini and Kathmandu, do cross the border and continue on after immigration. The farang / backpacker "package" tour buses normally do not and you will sadly  and most likely be booked overnight in a cheap, not so nice hotel in Sunauli for your connection "connecting service " to Kathmandu. If you have only booked to the border you can cross (on foot)  and  find buses on either side up to 6PM - 7 PM. Intercity  buses depart on both sides usually twice a day - dusk and dawn(from 4 AM) . Delhi, Gorakpur, Sunauli, India/Belahiya, Nepal. 24 - 30 hours. Try not to cross border in the night, Security persons on both sides are not co-operative and hotels on the Nepali sides will be closed, you have to rely on a guide. Update!: Please note that the warning in the text box refers to night-time crossings only. Travellers and bloggers crossing in daylight report that touts are relatively polite and helpful (though as always exercising caution with touts is naturally advisable).
  
 
'''Via''' Delhi, Gorakpur, Sunauli, India/Belahiya, Nepal. 24 - 30 hours.  
 
'''Via''' Delhi, Gorakpur, Sunauli, India/Belahiya, Nepal. 24 - 30 hours.  
  
'''Via''' Kathmandu, Narayangarh/Bharatpur (var. Narayanghat), Butwal, [[Bhairahawa]], Sunauli. 7 - 10 hours.
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'''Via''' Kathmandu, Narayangarh/Bharatpur (var. Narayanghat), Butwal, [[Bhairahawa]], Sunauli. 9 - 14 hours.
  
 
'''Via''' Pokhara, Palpa/Tansen, Butwal, [[Bhairahawa]] (potholed, windy road, but beautiful views) 5 - 6 hours. Also Pokhara, Narayangarh/Bharatpur/Butwal, [[Bhairahawa]], Sunauli (better road conditions). 5 -6 hours.
 
'''Via''' Pokhara, Palpa/Tansen, Butwal, [[Bhairahawa]] (potholed, windy road, but beautiful views) 5 - 6 hours. Also Pokhara, Narayangarh/Bharatpur/Butwal, [[Bhairahawa]], Sunauli (better road conditions). 5 -6 hours.
  
'''Via''' Gulmi-Tamghas, Palpa/Tansen, Butwal, [[Bhairahawa]] (potholed, windy road, but beautiful views) 4 - 5 hours.
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'''Via''' Gulmi-Tamghas, Palpa/Tansen, Butwal, [[Bhairahawa]] (potholed, windy road, but beautiful views) 4 - 5 hours.
 
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Do not book a ticket in kathmandu from AMAZON TOURS & TRAVEL,INDICA TOURIST POINT and PAUL TRAVEL (in Varanasi) that are working with SIGHT NEPAL in sunauli on the nepalese border. You pay alot for them in the end to put you on local buses where you get stuck for 10-12 hours and are dangerous.
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We got to Sunauli in one piece and were going on our second bus to varanasi what we been promised to be safe and comfortable. SIGHT NEPAL told us that a guy on the indian border would meet us up to show us our bus and help us. First he had the worst attitude and started to get angry when we didnt want to give him our tickets when we saw what he said, was our bus for 12 hour. It was the worst thing you can ever imagine! We didnt want to give him our tickets because he would just walk away and cash them in for money or sell them to somebody else for a crazy price. When he finally showed us a better bus but still a localbus, he wanted to have money from us by charging for our bags on the bus. We didnt give him a penny and the bus finally drove off without them which proves that they just wanted to rip us off entirly. Dont take bus to india from the border but go to gorakhpur and  book ahead for train there.
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===By train===
 
===By train===
'''Via''' Delhi - Gorakpur. Transfer to narrow gauge track to Nautanwa. Transfer to taxi/bus/rickshaw to Sunauli, India (about 5 kilometers). Cross border to Belahiya and Nepal's Immigration.  Total time approximately 12 - 18 hours.
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'''Via''' Delhi - Gorakpur. Transfer to broad gauge track to Nautanwa. Transfer to taxi/bus/rickshaw to Sunauli, India (about 5 kilometers). Cross border to Belahiya and Nepal's Immigration.  Total time approximately 12 - 18 hours.
  
'''Via''' Kolkata, Patna, Gorakpur. Transfer to narrow gauge track to Nautanwa. Transfer to taxi/bus/rickshaw to Sunauli, India (approximately 5 kilometers). Cross border to Belahiya, and Nepal's Immigration.  Total time approximately 10 - 12 hours.  
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'''Via''' Kolkata, Patna, Gorakpur. Transfer to broad gauge track to Nautanwa. Transfer to taxi/bus/rickshaw to Sunauli, India (approximately 5 kilometers). Cross border to Belahiya, and Nepal's Immigration.  Total time approximately 10 - 12 hours.
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===By jeep===
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'''To''' [[Gorakhpur]] by jeep, around INR 100, 2-3 hours.
  
 
==Get around==
 
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Rickshaw's, buses, taxis all available. If you are stuck overnight here do not hesitate to take a 10 minute rickshaw up north for wonderful restaurants in [[Bhairahawa]].
 
Rickshaw's, buses, taxis all available. If you are stuck overnight here do not hesitate to take a 10 minute rickshaw up north for wonderful restaurants in [[Bhairahawa]].
  
==Sleep==
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== See ==  
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Also see Manakamna Tempel situated in mugling there's very nice place to see there's cable car ride aprox 10 to 15 minutes cabel car ride
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and also if you have time then you can go to sauraha situated in chitwan 30-35 minutes ride from narayangarh and spent a night there.you can also hire a taxi from narayangarh which may charge you approx 500-600 NR
  
Most of the accommodations are found on the Nepal side, though there is a Government of India run hotel for pilgrims on the Indian side. Look for the large white building about .5 kiilometers south of the border on the main road. Modern rooms with bathrooms, TVs, and A/C for 1200IRs.  None are recommended for women travelling alone.
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. Cheaper rooms usually go early in the day.
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Options for food on the Indian side of the border are very limited and of questionable standards (with the exception of the pilgrim's hotel). Eat on the Nepal side and/or pack extra food if possible. Look for nice little outdoor daba/tandori restaurant run by Lucky Singh just 30 meters north of the border on the east side. Questionable atmosphere but great food! They even have A/C facilties (20 NRs extra) in the hot season.   
 
Options for food on the Indian side of the border are very limited and of questionable standards (with the exception of the pilgrim's hotel). Eat on the Nepal side and/or pack extra food if possible. Look for nice little outdoor daba/tandori restaurant run by Lucky Singh just 30 meters north of the border on the east side. Questionable atmosphere but great food! They even have A/C facilties (20 NRs extra) in the hot season.   
  
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Most of the accommodations are found on the Nepal side, though there is a Government of India run hotel for pilgrims on the Indian side. Look for the large white building about .5 kilometers south of the border on the main road. Modern rooms with bathrooms, TVs, and A/C for 1200IRs.  None are recommended for women travelling alone.
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. Cheaper rooms usually go early in the day.
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Latest revision as of 04:36, 5 June 2013

Sunauli is the traditional name given to both sides of this India/Nepal border crossing, 70 kilometers north of Gorakpur and 3 kilometers south of Bhairahawa. Technically the Indian side is "Sunauli" and Nepal side is Belahiya. Both are small, congested, dusty and dirty towns and the quicker you can get on to Bhairahawa (again only three kilometers north)/elsewhere, the better.

Understand[edit]

Sunauli is not a place to linger. But it is an important border crossing/trade point, therefore the traffic and congestion. There are a few travel offices, currency exchange facilities on the Nepal side, and zero sights - unless you count long lines of Indian big-rigs. If you have Indian Currency and are going to Nepal, there's no need to worry about exchanging money to Nepali Currency. Shops/Hotels/Buses in Nepal easily accept Indian Currencies in denominations up to Rs 100.

Going from India to Nepal, Nepalese visas are available on arrival. Going from Nepal to India? Hope you have visa already as no visas are available on arrival to India. And neither immigration office is overly helpful.

Get in[edit]

Attention!
Be aware that at the Indian side of the border there is quite a violent scam running. They make you buy traintickets and cough up ludicrious amounts of money under threat of physical violence. Do not buy any travelservices in Sunauli, and ignore all attempts to offer you these. Postpone buying onward tickets to Gorakhpur no matter what they say.


By bus[edit]

Indian "package" tour buses, mostly pilgrims to Lumbini and Kathmandu, do cross the border and continue on after immigration. The farang / backpacker "package" tour buses normally do not and you will sadly and most likely be booked overnight in a cheap, not so nice hotel in Sunauli for your connection "connecting service " to Kathmandu. If you have only booked to the border you can cross (on foot) and find buses on either side up to 6PM - 7 PM. Intercity buses depart on both sides usually twice a day - dusk and dawn(from 4 AM) . Delhi, Gorakpur, Sunauli, India/Belahiya, Nepal. 24 - 30 hours. Try not to cross border in the night, Security persons on both sides are not co-operative and hotels on the Nepali sides will be closed, you have to rely on a guide. Update!: Please note that the warning in the text box refers to night-time crossings only. Travellers and bloggers crossing in daylight report that touts are relatively polite and helpful (though as always exercising caution with touts is naturally advisable).

Via Delhi, Gorakpur, Sunauli, India/Belahiya, Nepal. 24 - 30 hours.

Via Kathmandu, Narayangarh/Bharatpur (var. Narayanghat), Butwal, Bhairahawa, Sunauli. 9 - 14 hours.

Via Pokhara, Palpa/Tansen, Butwal, Bhairahawa (potholed, windy road, but beautiful views) 5 - 6 hours. Also Pokhara, Narayangarh/Bharatpur/Butwal, Bhairahawa, Sunauli (better road conditions). 5 -6 hours.

Via Gulmi-Tamghas, Palpa/Tansen, Butwal, Bhairahawa (potholed, windy road, but beautiful views) 4 - 5 hours.

By train[edit]

Via Delhi - Gorakpur. Transfer to broad gauge track to Nautanwa. Transfer to taxi/bus/rickshaw to Sunauli, India (about 5 kilometers). Cross border to Belahiya and Nepal's Immigration. Total time approximately 12 - 18 hours.

Via Kolkata, Patna, Gorakpur. Transfer to broad gauge track to Nautanwa. Transfer to taxi/bus/rickshaw to Sunauli, India (approximately 5 kilometers). Cross border to Belahiya, and Nepal's Immigration. Total time approximately 10 - 12 hours.

By jeep[edit]

To Gorakhpur by jeep, around INR 100, 2-3 hours.

Get around[edit]

Rickshaw's, buses, taxis all available. If you are stuck overnight here do not hesitate to take a 10 minute rickshaw up north for wonderful restaurants in Bhairahawa.

See[edit][add listing]

Also see Manakamna Tempel situated in mugling there's very nice place to see there's cable car ride aprox 10 to 15 minutes cabel car ride and also if you have time then you can go to sauraha situated in chitwan 30-35 minutes ride from narayangarh and spent a night there.you can also hire a taxi from narayangarh which may charge you approx 500-600 NR

Do[edit][add listing]

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

Options for food on the Indian side of the border are very limited and of questionable standards (with the exception of the pilgrim's hotel). Eat on the Nepal side and/or pack extra food if possible. Look for nice little outdoor daba/tandori restaurant run by Lucky Singh just 30 meters north of the border on the east side. Questionable atmosphere but great food! They even have A/C facilties (20 NRs extra) in the hot season.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Most of the accommodations are found on the Nepal side, though there is a Government of India run hotel for pilgrims on the Indian side. Look for the large white building about .5 kilometers south of the border on the main road. Modern rooms with bathrooms, TVs, and A/C for 1200IRs. None are recommended for women travelling alone. . Cheaper rooms usually go early in the day.

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